Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)
Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .
Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .
No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .
Here are the main landing gears bays
At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .
Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .
The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .
Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .
The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel
The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .
The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .
Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .
That's all for to-night !!!
Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .